Finchampstead FC 2 Hungerford Town FC Res 2By Arthur Strand
January 16, 2012
Finchampstead had to settle for a point despite having led Hungerford Res, the side sitting third from bottom in Hellenic Division 1 East, 2-0.
Hungerford looked to dominate in the opening exchanges, but the Finch defence coped well eary on.
The home side then began to see more of the ball, and a good flowing move involving Gavin Rolls, Kylo Atkinson and Steve Ryan culminated with Ryan finishing well to open the scoring in the 14th minute.
Industrious Hungerford winger Lee Hamilton worked hard to try to drag his side back into it, but Finch maintained their momentum.
Dan Willis’ searching diagonal balls were stretching the Hungerford defence and it was from one of these long crosses that Atkinson almost doubled the lead, but couldn’t quite connect.
The game swung back into Hungerford’s favour, but during a spell of pressure before half-time, their best chance came courtesy of a shot from Steve James that hurtled over the crossbar.
The second-half was just two minutes old when Rolls wriggled through an attentive Hungerford defence and slid the ball across to Atkinson.
After his initial shot was blocked, the ball deflected off the post and Atkinson followed up to prod home.
Hungerford, though, obviously hadn’t read the script, and tore straight into the Finch defence from the restart.
Within two minutes they had pulled a goal back when captain, Shawn Foster, had all he time and space in the world to head in the ball home from a free-kick.
Regaining the initiative, Finch saw Willis and Ryan both blast over, while at the other end Neil Griffith saved at full-stretch from a Chris Blackford free-kick.
With 20 minutes to go, Hungerford drew level as Sam Hamilton’s free-kick fell nicely for Chris Blackford to slam into the net.
Both teams searched for a winner, but it was not forthcoming, and the result leaves Finch still in eighth place.
Next week they face Chalfont Wasps away.
Finchampstead: Griffith, Dunn, Manicom, Kell, Green, Wright, Atkinson, Evans, Willis, Ryan, Rolls. Subs: Hollis, Winship, Dixon, Axton-Hall.